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It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Ten nature-inspired practices to de-stress

It’s a crazy week. Everything has to be PERFECT, on-time, on budget – or on credit card! We are on auto-pilot. We cannot unplug... Or can we? I should know. As a driven career woman and mum I juggled all the Christmas balls I had during the season. The in-laws were...

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Make your sit spot practice private and intimate

I recently introduced the ‘sit spot’ practice to Shinrin-yoku forest bathers on a guided walk. Curious as to what this means, I explained the ancient practice of finding a place of intimate connection with nature – a place where you learn to sit still – alone, often...

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Into the green

By Linda Moon, ND Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, is a scientifically validated therapy that is popular in Japan, and now being promoted in Australia. Imagine that the sounds, sights and aromas of a forest could heal your body, mind and heart. Not the stuff of...

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How to Kick start your Day with Mindfulness

When you first woke up this morning, did you take a deep breath as you opened your eyes? Noticed the water as it made contact with your body whilst showering? Chewed slowly and savouring every bite whilst eating your first meal of the day? And did you notice the...

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How to practice gratitude

Gratitude - one of the most talked about concepts and reasons behind people's happiness. Practicing gratitude and engaging in a regular gratitude practice is rather simple; it just takes a reminder to do it every day. Consider putting one on your phone to begin, and...

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Qii House lifted my spirits the day I visited

A review by Debra Walker of Seaire Yoga Anticipation builds the closer one gets to Qii House, fuelled by the excitement created by the inspiring website descriptions. A canopy of overhanging trees and an escort of native birds welcomed us as we drove into...

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Mind your Stress

Mindfulness has reached our Western shores in a bid to counteract the impact that our rapidly changing, fast paced lives are having on us. Our work, family, and social lives are constantly scheduled by a calendar of events, there is continual rushing around and...

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Why it’s important to buy local

While using materials found or fabricated near a building site is an important Green idea today; they help reduce the carbon cost of transporting heavy materials lengthy distances. In a world of quickly depleting resources, Green architects also favour renewable...

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Nature Meditation

The Japanese word zaborin means ‘a place among the trees to sit and forget’. This ethereal concept was the simple vision behind Qii house Eco Meditation and Relaxation retreat; the experience and its’ evolution. A whimsical vision that drifts-like- magic high amongst...

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The Qii House Renovation

Creative beginnings. “To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.” ― John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice Heather commenced the majority of restorative work in March 2015. She project led a team of local artisans in the...

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